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TCAR Procedures in Mobile, AL

Vascular Associates of South Alabama performs TCAR procedures in Mobile, Alabama.  If you live in the South Alabama area and require transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR), we can help!

What is TCAR?

TCAR, or transcarotid artery revascularization, is an innovative, minimally invasive surgical approach for the treatment for carotid artery disease and the prevention of strokes due to plaque in the carotid artery.

The TCAR procedure requires only a small incision at the neckline.  Thanks to groundbreaking technology, the surgeon is able to temporarily reverse the flow of blood during the procedure.  This means that if any bits of plaque break off during the surgery, they will be diverted away from the brain, protecting against a stroke.  Any loosened plaque is filtered out before the blood flow resumes its normal direction.  

During the TCAR procedure, the surgeon places a stent in the artery to stabilize the existing plaque in the carotid artery.  With the stent in place, the plaque can no longer break loose and cause a stroke.  

What are the Benefits of TCAR?

This lifesaving procedure dramatically reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke both during and after a carotid intervention, compared to traditional surgical options.  Another positive aspect of TCAR is that it requires a smaller incision, which decreases the risk of nerve damage and allows for a speedier recovery.  

Patients who have a TCAR procedure generally recover very quickly.  Usually they spend just one night in the hospital for observation.  Following the surgery, patients will take medication to prevent blood clots.  They'll also require further monitoring of their condition, which will be arranged with their doctor and the rest of their care team.  

Carotid Revascularization in South Alabama

If you live in or near Mobile, AL, and need a TCAR procedure or have other concerns about your vascular health, the experts at Vascular Associates of South Alabama would like to help.  We provide comprehensive vascular care for the people of Coastal Alabama and Mississippi.  New patients are always welcome, and we accept most major medical insurance plans.  

Give us a call to schedule an appointment, or contact us online.  

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